Play The Pain

A Citizen's Laboratory for researching non-pharmacological treatments for chronic pain.

We all have experienced pain, but our experiences are unique. We have unique ways of coping with pain too. Sometimes, medications or physical therapies don’t work. Sometimes medication or cognitive therapies work. Some of us might play. Some of us might pray. It is up to us to make sure that our unique ways of coping are considered in research. This will guarantee that our healthcare systems will be inclusive and respectful of our specific needs. Providing data makes are partners in research and helps scientists design more targeted systems for care or cure.

Presents different types of activities that can alleviate pain without drugs.

When we play the pain, we explore different activities that help us take control.

Playing is an important part of life because it helps us learn and explore life in our own way. The Talk feature helps us reflect on the bright side of things and the Play centre suggests simple activities that may help alleviate pain. But we get to choose what apps, games or activities we like to play, and View our data to explore which type of playing makes us feel better.

Learns from personalized playful strategies against pain.

We all want to find a biological cure for our pain, but we know that pain is a body-mind experience as well.

We Play, Share, Talk and Track our Pain to find out how our emotional or behavioural choices can reduce our pain. This can benefit us personally. If we chose to make our data available to researchers, this can also help scientists find out what types of activities can be beneficial. If we have data, we will advance both the science and the healthcare policy related to chronic pain.


Become a Research Partner

This app is free of charge for users. If you are a physician and researcher who wishes to use this platform for communicating with your patients, please contact us by